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Department Anatomic Pathology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • General Dermatology
  • Skin Biopsies
  • Skin Examinations
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acne
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Androgen Excess
  • Birthmark
  • Blisters
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sores
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis - Contact
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dry Skin
  • Eczema
  • Fungal Infections
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hair Loss
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Incontinentia Pigmenti
  • Itchy Skin
  • Kaposi Sarcoma (KS)
  • Lupus
  • Melanoma
  • Moles
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Perioral Dermatitis
  • Porphyria
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea (Adult Acne)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scabies
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tick Bites
  • Vasculitis
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts
  • Wrinkles
  • Yeast Infections
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About Melissa Piliang, MD

Melissa Piliang, MD, FAAD, is the Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Cleveland Clinic. She was appointed in 2006 to the Staff at Cleveland Clinic, where she has joint appointments in the Departments of Dermatology and Anatomic Pathology. She received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed both her residency in dermatology and a fellowship in dermatopathology at Cleveland Clinic. She is board-certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology, and she focuses on general medical dermatology.

She treats adults, children and adolescents.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH United States

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Undergraduate - Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN United States

Additional Training

Professional Highlights


  • Dermatology
  • Dermatology - Dermatopathology

Specialty Interests


Awards & Honors

Innovations & Patents


  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • Women's Dermatologic Society
  • North American Hair Research Society
  • Ohio Dermatologic Association
  • Cleveland Dermatologic Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/29/2022, Dr. Piliang has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

77 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr. Piliang is an extremely responsive, kind and caring doctor. She didn't have to take my daughter as a new patient, but when she heard her story, she scheduled her right away. We can't thank her enough!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

She is my favorite doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Dr. Piliang is an exceptional care giver. She is extremely competent and knowledgeable. She is a good listener and communicates options for care clearly and answers questions. I feel like she treats me as a person, not just a patient. I feel very blessed to have her on my care giving team.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

N/A phone calls Dr Piliang is extremely poor in responding to my chart

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Cleveland Clinic is very fortunate to have Dr. Piliang on their staff . She is amazing! She is very caring, patient, knowledgeable,avid listener, and gets back to you on the portal quickly when you have a question.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Dr. Piliang schedules appt at conclusion of visit and this removes the hassle of phone calls, wait list

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Dr. Piliang is the best

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

Appt went very well. Doctor was very pleasant and encouraging as were the assistants before I saw her.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

She was wonderful!! One of the best doctors I've seen, not specific to derm. Friendly, easy going, easy to talk to, knowledgeable, helpful recommendations. Didn't feel like I was bothering her with any questions I had or taking up too much time. I highly recommend!

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

Dr. Piliang is exemplary for the time she gives and information she shares with me as her patient.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr. Pilang is an excellent physician and provides outstanding care

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Both Dr Lee and Dr Piliang were wonderful. It was my first visit with them and the quality of care that they gave me was outstanding. I am very happy that I was referred, by Dr Ng, who is another phenomenal Dr, to Dr Piliang.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

She is the best.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Melissa Piliang is a very knowledgeable, vigilant, empathetic, excellent care provider.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr. Piliang scheduled the appointment while she was seeing me. I very much appreciate that she does that.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr. Piliang is a favorite provider of mine. She is down to earth, caring, a great listener, pragmatic, and explains and answers my questions thoroughly and clearly about my course of treatment, other treatment options, and the like.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr Piliang is professional yet caring and gracious. She explains the pros & cons of treatments and respects your input.Truly a pleasure with interaction and plan of care.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr Piliang is amazing! She is caring , a great listener very knowledgeable and in my humble opinion one of the best doctors at the clinic

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

I had concerns about medication and Dr discussed those in detail.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

*Dr. Piliang is the best!

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